"New Horizons"

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Hier mal noch ein Foto von LORRI welches die Dunstschichten der Atmosphäre abbildet. Die Auflösung beträgt wohl 1km pro Pixel.
Ich find, dass die Berge am Horizont (ca. 4 Uhr), das ganze so schon real machen, obwohl er so weit weg ist. Ein herrliches Foto bzw. bearbeitetes Mosaik!

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

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... Ich bin mal drüber, aus den Fotos und Daten via Displacement und Normal Maps ein 3D Bild von Pluto und das Durchfliegen der Landschaften zu machen. Braucht eine Menge Rechenzeit, aber es wird so allmählich. Wenn fertig, werde ich es mal irgendwo uploaden.

BG Thomas

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What would it be like to actually land on Pluto? This movie was made from more than 100 images taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft over six weeks of approach and close flyby in the summer of 2015. The video offers a trip down onto the surface of Pluto -- starting with a distant view of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon -- and leading up to an eventual ride in for a "landing" on the shoreline of Pluto's informally named Sputnik Planitia.

To create a movie that makes viewers feel as if they’re diving into Pluto, mission scientists had to interpolate some of the panchromatic (black and white) frames based on what they know Pluto looks like to make it as smooth and seamless as possible. Low-resolution color from the Ralph color camera aboard New Horizons was then draped over the frames to give the best available, actual color simulation of what it would look like to descend from high altitude to Pluto’s surface.

A Colorful 'Landing' on Pluto (Video)

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Flyover Movies of Pluto and Charon

The topographic relief is exaggerated by a factor of two to three times in these movies to emphasize topography; the surface colors of Pluto and Charon also have been enhanced to bring out detail.

Credit: NASA / Digital mapping and rendering were performed by Paul Schenk and John Blackwell of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston.
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Zitat von himayeti:
SOFIA hat die Bedeckung des Hintergrundsternes
durch das Kuipergürtelobjekt 2014 MU69 beobachtet
Ob die Beoachtung erfolgreich war oder nicht, erschließt sich mir nicht direkt, da die Grundaussage im Text & Video ist:
The mission team will analyze that data over the next few weeks, looking especially for any rings or debris around MU69 that might present problems for New Horizons when the spacecraft flies past the Kuiper Belt object on January 1, 2019.
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New Horizons wakes for historic Kuiper Belt flyby

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is back "awake" and being prepared for the farthest planetary encounter in history – a New Year's Day 2019 flyby of the Kuiper Belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule

Cruising through the Kuiper Belt more than 6 billion kilometers from Earth, New Horizons had been in resource-saving hibernation mode since Dec. 21. On June 5, 2018, New Horizons was nearly 3.8 billion miles (6.1 billion kilometers) from Earth. From there – more than 40 times the distance between the Earth and the Sun – a radio signal sent from the spacecraft at light speed reached Earth 5 hours and 40 minutes later. Radio signals confirming that New Horizons had executed on-board computer commands to exit hibernation reached mission operations at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, via NASA's Deep Space Network at 2:12 a.m. EDT on June 5.

Ja, langsam wirds spannend. Vorbeiflug am Neujahrstag. Zum Bahnmanöver kam gerade folgender Tweet von Alan Stern, dem Boss von New Horizons rein:

YEAH! Go Baby Go! @NewHorizons2015 just reported in from the Kuiper Belt 4 billion (yeah— billion!) miles away: Engine burn SUCCESSFUL!! Perfect in fact! We’re right down the middle of the pike now for Ultima! Go New Horizons!

Quelle: Alan Stern on Twitter

Ein Schmankerl am Rande:

Dr. Brian May (für die Jüngeren unter euch: ehemaliger Lead-Guitarist der legendären Rock-Gruppe Queen), inzwischen promovierter Astrophysiker komponiert einen Soundtrack für den Flyby an Ultima Thule. Veröffentlichung am 1.Januar. Hier der erste von drei "Tastern":



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